The CBF aims to improve lives for individuals with severe learning disabilities who display behaviour that challenges through our project work, using new approaches and encouraging others to learn from this work and improve their practices.
There are three closely interconnected stands to the CBF’s work which together effect change at an individual and strategic level. We support, equip, and empower families through our individual information and support work, learning from this informs our strategic influencing work to drive change nationally, and informs the development and sharing of best practice to inform local and national service and support development and delivery. These integrated strands of work tackle discrimination, marginalisation and the root causes and barriers that create problems for this disadvantaged and vulnerable group.
We provide practical information for families and professionals about understanding and supporting children, young people and adults whose behaviour challenges.
Our Family Support Workers can offer individual support and information over the phone and by email. We also offer peer-to-peer support through our Carers’ Catch-Ups and email networks for family carers and for professionals.
We offer a range of workshops to families and professionals co-delivered by a professional co-trainer and a family carer co-trainer jointly. Our workshops have been found to reduce challenging behaviour and have positive outcomes for families and professionals who attend.
We listen to the experiences of families and use these to highlight the needs of individuals whose behaviour challenges and their families. We established and chair the Challenging Behaviour – National Strategy Group working to promote high quality support for people whose behaviour challenges.